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The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Emilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Nicolas Duchauvelle and Michel Blanc

year: 2009

colour: yes

certificate: TBC

director: André Téchiné

runtime: 105

French auteur Téchiné returns to the screen with a powerful interpretation of a true story that shocked the French consciousness.

Jeanne (Emilie Dequenne) is a free spirited rollerblading Parisian young woman living at home with her widowed mother (Catherine Deneuve). Half-heartedly looking for a job she goes for an interview with her mother's old flame, Samuel Bleiston (Michel Blanc), now a world famous Jewish lawyer. Turned down because of secretarial inexperience, the interview sets in motion a turn of events that grow into a huge political, and national news story, having ramifications for all involved. As Jeanne decides to escape her mother's comfortable nest and sets up home with a new found love Franck (Nicolas Duchauvelle), an aspiring wrestler, she soon finds herself in more trouble. Alongside the film's political agenda, the film is fuelled by a fast-burning romance.


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